By Jerry Mitchell
Examines the effect of industrial development districts at the caliber of up to date civic lifestyles .
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The BID approach must avoid the mistakes of the past, take advantage of government policies, build on existing assets, and add more value to city life. THREE The BID Approach BIDs IMPROVE the prospects of city places. Their approach has four elements: First, BIDs proceed from the assumption that small-scale planning is more sensitive to community needs than city broad-based land clearance and largescale redevelopment projects. Second, BIDs contradict suburban development and draw substance from the critique of suburban life and the popularity of growth management policies.
For instance, it took Minneapolis decades to clear large swaths of downtown property that it had originally razed in the 1970s, which certainly did not do much for the growth of the area. ), without the benefit of tax revenue from the property that cities had claimed for development. Nation-wide, total city debt skyrocketed in the 1970s and 1980s to the point that many cities were near bankruptcy. Third, massive redevelopment projects had a negative impact on the social fabric of city centers. 3 Fourth, historical landmarks were lost through urban renewal, which served to further diminish the character of public places.
State governments were in a bind because political localities were divided between the suburbs and cities. Business initiatives—sidewalk sales and pedestrian malls—were too little too late because few people wanted to shop where there were not enough products by day and too much crime at night. Moreover, there was too much competition from bright and polished suburban shopping malls and modern-looking box stores with plenty of parking spaces and sheltered confines. To make matters worse, downtown associations faced 38 BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS declining membership bases and the difficulty of bolstering the spirits of their existing members in the midst of a car-crazy culture that proclaimed cities as the dismal cemeteries of some lost culture.